Cavendish, Vermont

Cavendish, Vermont

Cavendish, Vermont is a small town with a population of 1,220 people according to the 2010 Census. The town is located in Windsor County, on the Connecticut River Valley. The town has an elevation of 803 feet and is surrounded by mountains and hills. The climate in Cavendish is characterized by cold winters and hot summers with plenty of precipitation throughout the year.

Cavendish was first settled in 1761 when William Cavendish was granted land from the Crown. It was officially incorporated in 1781 as part of the New Hampshire Grants. Throughout its history it has been an agricultural community with small scale industry such as sawmills, grist mills, and tanneries. Today Cavendish’s economy is primarily based on tourism, although there are still some small-scale industries present in the area like woodworking and timber harvesting.

Education in Cavendish is provided by a single elementary school which serves grades K-8 and a high school which serves grades 9-12. There are also several private schools available for students who wish to pursue higher education beyond high school graduation.

Cavendish offers many landmarks that make it unique including the Tater Hill Golf Club, Black River Academy Museum, Silvio O Conte Wildlife Refuge, Quechee State Park, Ascutney Mountain Resort and more! There are also numerous historical sites located throughout the town such as Fort Atwood (the site of a Revolutionary War battle), General John Stark Monument (a memorial for one of Vermont’s most famous Revolutionary War heroes), Old Stone House (the oldest building in Cavendish) and more!

Cavendish, Vermont

Population: 1,470. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,435 (-2.4% change)
Males: 728 (49.5%), Females: 742 (50.5%)

Windsor County

Median resident age: 42.3 years
Median household income: $34,727
Median house value: $86,500

Races in Cavendish:

  • White Non-Hispanic (97.0%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Hispanic (1.0%)
  • American Indian (0.7%)

Ancestries: Irish (14.4%), English (14.3%), French (14.0%), United States (11.4%), German (7.5%), Polish (6.1%).

Elevation: 929 feet


Neah Cavendish is a small town located in rural Vermont. It has a population of around 1,500 people, the majority of whom are white. The median household income is around $50,000, and the cost of living is relatively low. The cost of housing is particularly low, with an average home costing around $150,000. Renting an apartment or house can range from $700 to $1,200 per month depending on size and location. Utilities are also quite affordable in Neah Cavendish, with electricity and gas typically costing between $75 and $100 per month. Groceries are inexpensive as well; basic staples like eggs, milk and bread generally cost less than $2 each. The town also offers plenty of outdoor activities for residents to enjoy such as hiking trails and lake swimming areas. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars to explore in the downtown area. Overall, Neah Cavendish provides residents with a comfortable place to live at an affordable price point.

For population 25 years and over in Cavendish

  • High school or higher: 79.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 17.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.3%
  • Unemployed: 2.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 26.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Cavendish town

  • Never married: 18.6%
  • Now married: 60.0%
  • Separated: 3.0%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 9.7%

3.1% Foreign born (2.1% Europe, 0.6% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +153 (+11.6%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Cavendish:

  • MT ASCUTNEY HOSPITAL (about 15 miles; WINDSOR, VT)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Cavendish:

  • RUTLAND STATE (about 25 miles; RUTLAND, VT; Abbreviation: RUT)
  • FLOYD BENNETT MEMORIAL (about 69 miles; GLENS FALLS, NY; Abbreviation: GFL)

Other public-use airports nearest to Cavendish:

  • HARTNESS STATE (SPRINGFIELD) (about 8 miles; SPRINGFIELD, VT; Abbreviation: VSF)
  • NORTH WINDHAM (about 13 miles; LONDONDERRY, VT; Abbreviation: 3N3)
  • CLAREMONT MUNI (about 17 miles; CLAREMONT, NH; Abbreviation: CNH)

Amtrak stations near Cavendish:

  • 8 miles: OKEMO (LUDLOW, OKEMO MOUNTAIN) – Seasonal Bus Station
  • 16 miles: CLAREMONT (PLAINS RD.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.
  • 17 miles: WINDSOR-MOUNT ASCUTNEY (WINDSOR, DEPOT AVE.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, intercity bus service.

Colleges and Universities

According to educationvv, Vermont is home to the following higher educational institutes:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Cavendish:

  • DARTMOUTH COLLEGE (about 34 miles; HANOVER, NH; Full-time enrollment: 5,309)
  • KEENE STATE COLLEGE (about 40 miles; KEENE, NH; Full-time enrollment: 4,049)
  • NORWICH UNIVERSITY (about 53 miles; NORTHFIELD, VT; Full-time enrollment: 2,585)
  • MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE (about 58 miles; MIDDLEBURY, VT; Full-time enrollment: 2,265)
  • WILLIAMS COLLEGE (about 64 miles; WILLIAMSTOWN, MA; Full-time enrollment: 2,047)
  • UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST (about 70 miles; AMHERST, MA; Full-time enrollment: 21,468)
  • MOUNT WACHUSETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 70 miles; GARDNER, MA; Full-time enrollment: 2,023)